By Anna Timofeeva-Egorova
Through the Nineteen Thirties the Soviet Union introduced an immense attempt to create a latest Air strength. That strategy required education tens of millions of pilots. between these pilots have been greater numbers of younger girls, education shoulder to shoulder with their male opposite numbers. a typical education application of the day concerned learning in 'flying clubs' in the course of rest hours, first utilizing gliders after which education planes. Following this, the simplest graduates may perhaps input army faculties to develop into specialist strive against pilots or flight navigators. the writer of this e-book gone through all of these levels and had develop into an skilled education pilot while the USSR entered the war.Volunteering for frontline accountability, the writer flew a hundred thirty wrestle missions piloting the U2 biplane in a liaison squadron. within the preliminary interval of the battle, the German Luftwaffe ruled the sky. day-by-day wrestle sorties demanded bravery and talent from the pilots of the liaison squadron working out of date, unarmed planes. Over the process a 12 months the writer was once shot down via German combatants thrice yet stored flying nevertheless.In overdue 1942 Anna Egorova turned the 1st lady pilot to fly the recognized Sturmovik (ground assault) airplane that performed an immense position within the flooring battles of the jap entrance. incomes the glory of her fellow male pilots, the writer turned not only a mature wrestle pilot, yet a commanding officer. Over the process years the writer complex from traditional pilot to the administrative officer of the Squadron, after which was once appointed Regimental navigator, within the strategy flying nearly 270 strive against missions over the southern quarter of the japanese entrance at first (Taman, the Crimea) sooner than switching to the first Belorussian entrance, and seeing motion over White Russia and Poland.Flying on a challenge over Poland in 1944 the writer used to be shot down over a goal via German flak. critically burned, she was once taken prisoner. After surviving in a German POW camp for five months, she used to be liberated by means of Soviet troops. After experiencing quite a few humiliations as an 'ex-POW' in 1965 the writer ultimately obtained a best army award, a long-delayed 'Golden Star' with the honorary identify of 'Hero of the Soviet Union'. this can be a rather special tale of braveness, decision and bravado within the face of great own adversity. the numerous hindrances Anna needed to go earlier than she may possibly fly first the Po-2, then the Sturmovik, are stated intimately, together with her tricky paintings supporting to construct the Moscow Metro ahead of the outbreak of battle. in particular, Over Fields of fireplace is a really human tale - occasionally unhappy, occasionally indignant, full of wish, at different occasions with near-despair, plentiful in comradeship and professionalism - and not lower than a wide dose of decision!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anna Alexandrovna Timofeeva-Egorova used to be born on 23 September 1916. After attending university she had was hoping to profit to fly yet this want used to be not on time as a result of one in every of her brother's changing into a sufferer of the Communist protection process, which deemed him an 'enemy of the people'. After a few setbacks Anna discovered to fly, and through the 1st a part of the good Patriotic struggle flew Po-2 biplanes for the one hundred and thirtieth Aviation indications Squadron, being shot down 3 times. She then switched to flying the fearsome Ilyushin Il-2 Sturmovik ground-attack airplane with the 805th floor assault Regiment (805 ShAP), 197th floor assault department. Anna flew nearly 270 strive against missions sooner than being shot down in the summertime of 1944, being seriously injured and brought prisoner by means of the Germans. because of her decision, and the ability, commitment, care and kindness of diverse participants, she made a outstanding restoration and was once liberated whilst the Soviets overran her POW camp close to Kustrin in 1945. even though, her issues weren't over, because the Soviet professionals firstly believed her to be a traitor and collaborator and subjected her to eleven days of constant interrogations. She was once published, even if her accidents have been such that used to be medically discharged from the Air strength in 1945. She endured to struggle to transparent her identify after the struggle - she used to be ultimately reinstated into the Communist get together and in 1965 eventually bought the award of 'Hero of the Soviet Union'. She died in October 2009.